The Reds already had a decent squad last season and instead of selling their top stars, we added a quality keeper, two world-class midfielders and a player that can turn on the style when we need it the most.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have finished in the top-four in consecutive seasons and we also reached the Champions League final last time around, even after selling Philippe Coutinho in the winter window.
The form of our forwards will be important in the season ahead but so will our ability to break down teams that sit back and defend.
For all the great performances from the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, we have seen a side of Liverpool that isn’t all that great.
The Reds drew 12 games last season, the most by any of the top five teams, while we only lost five games all season, the lowest after Manchester City.
Unable to beat the lower rung sides
The Premier League is one of the toughest leagues in the world and even the lower placed sides can give a fight to the top clubs. Liverpool found it hard to break down some of these so-called “smaller sides” last time around.
The Reds drew against Watford, Burnley, Newcastle United, Stoke City and twice against West Bromwich Albion. Our losses from last season in the league came against Swansea City right after we beat Manchester City at Anfield.
Unlocking teams that are willing to fight and defend for their lives will be a true test of how we have grown under Klopp but there is another facet that we need to keep up – staying unbeaten at Anfield.
Liverpool have made Anfield a bit of a fortress and went 19 games unbeaten at home last season but we did not beat every team that came to Merseyside.
Our of the 19 games at home in the Premier League last season, we ended up drawing seven of them. That is 14 points dropped! Of course, we would not have won every game but you get the picture?
If we are to close the gap on Manchester City, we cannot draw against the sides that come to defend and frustrate us at Anfield.
We finished a mammoth 25 points behind City last season and had we converted all our draws into wins, we would still have been behind the Cityzens by 1 point. Of course, it would be difficult to believe we could lose points in only five games of the whole season and win all the other games.
But, this is the pace that Manchester City and Pep Guardiola set last time. City lost just a couple of matches, one of them was against us, and they drew just four games last season.
Liverpool have it all to do this season if we are to challenge City for the title and converting those frustrating draws into wins will be a step in the right direction.
Former Manchester United star believes only Liverpool can “stop” Manchester City
The Reds are a couple of points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, and after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Everton, the former United man believes the Blues don’t have it in them to stop City.
Speaking on his podcast (h/t Liverpool Echo), the Englishman believed City were on the right track to retaining their Premier League crown:
“Winning one league is an achievement, winning back-to-back titles makes you a great team and Man City are on the brink of that.
“At this moment in time, I only feel like Liverpool can stop them.”
Neville stated that although Chelsea are doing well under Maurizio Sarri, only the Reds were capable of stopping City.
The former Manchester United defender added that there is another problem as we seem to be the only team capable of taking points off the Cityzens.
“The problem for Liverpool is that it doesn’t look like anyone else can lay a glove on City, that’s the problem they’ve got.”
Guardiola’s men have been supreme this season but they have dropped points against Wolverhampton Wanderers and lost to Lyon in the Champions League.
We need someone else to beat or draw with City to have a real chance of winning the title, and hopefully, a rival steps up and puts a spanner in City’s machine soon.
“Now it’s time to celebrate my birthday” – What the Liverpool players said after 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool survived a bit of a scare early on but got the three points with a 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.
The win pushed us up to second in the Premier League table as Chelsea drew and Manchester City won their respective games.
It seemed that Aleksandar Mitrovic had opened the scoring in the first half but his effort was ruled offside.
Quick thinking from Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold helped Mohamed Salah score the first goal of the game, and the Egyptian posted an image of his boots.
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 11, 2018
The other goalscorer was Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss star volleyed in our second after half-time and he certainly was pleased with his performance at Anfield.
— Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) November 11, 2018
Andy Robertson provided the cross for our second, and the Scottish captain was happy that the Reds won after their midweek defeat to Red Star Belgrade.
— Andrew Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) November 11, 2018
James Milner got a few minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute.
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) November 11, 2018
Our starting midfielders were Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum. While the Brazilian did a great job in midfield, Wijnaldum had more to celebrate.
— Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) November 11, 2018
It was the Dutch midfielder’s birthday and Jurgen Klopp did sub him around 20 minutes before the end of the game.
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) November 11, 2018
Simon Mignolet hasn’t played a single minute in our Premier League campaign, but the Belgian was quick to celebrate the win too.
Another great result. Good job boys! See you after the international break 🔜🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/igSp0lkO6S
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) November 11, 2018
Liverpool play Watford when the players return after the international break. The Reds are a couple of points behind Manchester City at the top of the table, and getting the three points at Vicarage Road will be difficult.
Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Fulham sent them to the top of the Premier League until Manchester City’s win over Manchester United in the late game.
The win took us to 30 points from 12 matches and helped us reach a small milestone too. The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds now have the best home record of any team in the top five leagues.
Barcelona held the record with 42 unbeaten home games, but the Catalan’s surprisingly lost to Real Betis 4-3 yesterday.
The last time we lost a home Premier League game was in 2017 with Crystal Palace getting the three points.
Christian Benteke was the chief architect of our destruction that day, and the report claims that we haven’t lost the 27 games held at Anfield since.
The Reds have picked up 18 wins and nine draws from those 27 games, and this season, we have been solid at the back too.
Liverpool have conceded only one goal in their home Premier League games this season which was against Cardiff a couple of weeks ago.
Our home form has been excellent under Jurgen Klopp and we face some tough sides before the end of the year.
Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal all visit Anfield before the New Year. The festive period could define our Premier League challenge, and it will be interesting to see if we can finish this campaign unbeaten.
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